HMS Abingdon (J 23)
Minesweeper of the Hunt class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) : Clark|
|Launched||11 Jun 1918|
|Commissioned||6 Nov 1918|
|Lost||5 Apr 1942|
On 5 April 1942 HMS Abingdon (Lt. Graham Allen Simmers, RNR) was waiting to enter Kalkara Creek Dock for repairs when an Italian air attack began, in the course of which she sustained severe damage. Her back was broken and she was beached off Bighi to prevent sinking in deeper water, but after survey she was declared a Constructive Total Loss. Scrapped in situ during the 1950s.
Commands listed for HMS Abingdon (J 23)
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|1||Capt. (retired) Arthur Ronald Farquhar, DSC, RN||19 Aug 1939||Mar 1940|
|2||Lt. Graham Allen Simmers, RNR||Mar 1940||5 Apr 1942|
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Transferred from the Far East to Malta.
30 Apr 1941
HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was slightly damaged in detonating an acoustic mine.
30 Dec 1941
While sweeping off St. Elmo's breakwater, HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was attacked by several Ju-88s, damaging one of them with AAA.
31 Dec 1941
HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was attacked by 2 Me-109s with gunfire, suffered 7 men wounded, 3 of them seriously. Upon entering harbour came under attack of 3 more Me-109s and shot one down. Following this attack she was ordered to sweep only at night, navigating by means of small lights shown at fixed intervals from shore so as to allow her to obtain cross-bearings.
1 Apr 1942
HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was damaged by near-misses during an Axis air raid.